Research conducted over the past few decades provides clear evidence of the wide-ranging benefits of Mindfulness and Yoga.
Evidence suggests mindfulness and Yoga can aid in the treatment of many mental and physical health issues, as well as generally improving our performance, relationships, personality and well-being.
Yoga encourages one to relax, slow the breath and focus on the present, shifting the balance from the sympathetic nervous system and the flight-or-fight response to the parasympathetic system and the relaxation response.. The latter is calming and restorative; it lowers breathing and heart rate, decreases blood pressure, lowers cortisol levels, and increases blood flow to the intestines and vital organs.
Available reviews of a wide range of yoga practices suggest they can reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. In this respect, yoga functions like other self-soothing techniques, such as meditation, relaxation, exercise, or even socializing with friends.
A 15 minute induction into focused breathing decreases the intensity and negativity of emotional responses. Research paper by Joanna J. Arch, Michelle G. Craske
Study finds that meditation supports a style of thinking that allows new ideas to be generated. Helping drive creativity and divergent thinking
All elements of mindfulness were positively associated with expressing oneself in various social situations, improving interpersonal skills and personality development
This paper reviews the conceptual foundation of mindfulness-based eating awareness training (MB-EAT). Evidence supports the value of MB-EAT in decreasing binge episodes, improving one's sense of self-control with regard to eating, and diminishing depressive symptoms.